WATCH | Sabrina Gauer lost 41 lymph nodes and half her tongue as part of her mouth cancer treatment, doctors prescribed six weeks of radiation. Sabrina had hoped to avoid this option at all costs, reports WHAM News.
Sabrina, 28-years-old, researched alternatives and discovered hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a process originally used to relieve deep sea divers of decompression sickness.
While lying in a tank with increased air pressure, patients inhale pure oxygen. The oxygen stimulates plasma and blood cell growth. Sabrina's hyperbaric program lasted six weeks. She has been in remission for 20 months.
The FDA cautions promoting HBOT as a cure-all overstate the treatment's effectiveness.
We must emphasize that hyperbaric oxygen treatment is neither recommended nor FDA approved for the treatment of cancer
Many doctors do not recommend HBOT as a treatment for cancer, and advise carefully considering all options before deciding on a program of care.